Me in Studio B

Me in Studio B
If you were googling Undertone Audio and found my blog here, well...welcome! You should visit the official website,, but here you can follow my adventures as the crew and I build these mixing consoles, EQs and other oddities. Some, most or all of my work wouldn't be very interesting to a lot of people, but for recording junkies who get excited about vintage German tube mics, cool, eccentric compressors, studio history and some of the fun ins and outs of studio life, this could be for you. Hey, make it your home page and impress chicks! I can be reached at

Sunday, October 14, 2012

UTA Forums

Now you can spend every free minute of your life on our new UTA forum... Eric, Cian, me, the rest of the Undertone Audio crew and you can stay up all night chatting! None of us are ever going to get any sleep ever again!

You can:
*Draw Roger into protracted arguments
*Ask us technical questions
*Get or share tips on using the unusual features of your UTA gear
*Try to pick up women in other countries

So register and let the fun begin!


UTA MPEQ-1 Finally Being Released!

The MPEQ-1 is going to AES with us this month, then into the hands of everyone who wants them! The first 100 have the iconic porous bronze faceplate (We know it doesn't serve an acoustic purpose here... it's just for fun), our new mic pre/DI and the same amazing 4 band EQ and filters that are in our consoles. As usual, we have a few extra tricks up our sleeves!

We'll keep everyone posted as to when and how to grab them,

Monday, October 8, 2012


It's Arrived!

We're pleased to announce that we have finished assembling the first batch of UnFairchild 670M compressors! Check out our website for more information and photos here.

Availability and Purchase Info

We’d like to thank everyone for their interest, enthusiasm, and patience while we wrap up production on the UnFairchild 670M. Over the past few years, it’s been a true labor of love for us and we are finally ready to let our baby find new homes out in the world.  
We were hoping to keep the pricing of the unit at $5000, but the hand wiring and final assembly ended up being more labor intensive than we originally anticipated. 
The final pricing is as follows:
  • UnFairchild 670M - $5500 USD
  • Optional 10 space Wood Rack - $200
  • Optional pair of “Y” XLR cables for “Feed-Forward” functionality - $50
Unfortunately, they are in very short supply.  We have built a total of 10 units. Two of them are going to stay here at Barefoot Recording, three of them will become demo units for folks to test drive, and one will be sold after AES. This leaves us with four units to sell on the UTA website. This is tricky as more than 4 people have expressed interest in buying one, so we are trying to make them available in the fairest possible way.  
These four (serial numbers 003, 004, 005 and 006) will be sold through the UTA website on Friday October 12, 2012 at 12:00 PM PST – on a first come first serve basis.  This way, everyone who has expressed interest will have an equal chance of purchasing one of these first 4 available units.  We have never done this before and honestly don’t know how quickly they will sell.  It could be in 5 seconds, 5 minutes, 5 hours or 5 days..  we just don’t know!  The‘Buy’ section of the UTA website will go live at exactly the time given above.  For the best possible chance of getting one of these first 4 units, we recommend the following:
  1. Make sure you are set up with a paypal account and sufficient funds for the total purchase price.
  2. Go to the 'Buy' section of the UTA website immediately after the time given above.
  3. Click on the buy button for the UnFairchild and select the various options to complete the purchase.
If for any reason you are unable to get one of the these first four, the three that are being held for test driving will possibly be put up for sale over the next month or two.  We will sell one in San Francisco Monday evening at the UTA/Tiny Telephone AES after party (see details below). If you still don't manage to get your hands on one, don’t worry – we definitely plan on making more! 

Reminder - 133rd AES Convention - Oct 27 - 29

We're excited to be exhibiting at AES this year in San Francisco. We'll be at Booth #1142 showing off the new MPEQ-1 channel strips, the UTA UnFairchilds, and some other possible surprises. We're planning on having individual listening stations so people can get some hands on experience with our new boxes. Eric and the whole UTA crew will be around to show off the features and answer any questions you guys may have.

On Monday (Oct 29th), we've hired out some rooms at Tiny Telephone - our favorite local studio - for our AES after party. We'll have the whole fleet of UTA gear setup in the control rooms so people can get a better sense of how things sound in a more controlled environment. Eric and crew will be around to give demonstrations of the EQ and the UnFairchild in some real world applications. We'll have drinks and snacks, so bring some friends and come hang out with us and the local Bay Area audio community. Here's a flyer with all the details.

Thanks again for all of your interest and support!
- Eric & the UTA team